Recruiters Advise, “Test the Waters”

Recruiters advisePutting your toe back in the job search waters? Or maybe you’ve been looking for a while and are hoping things will pick up now that summer’s over and the fall hiring season is under way.

Either way, it’s a good time to test the proverbial waters.

Our latest survey of executive recruiters remains positive, as 57% strongly agree or agree that the executive hiring market will remain positive for the next six months. In fact, only 11% were not confident at all. It’s an encouraging sign as we approach Q4 that recruiters view the executive job market in a positive light! Those in search who have lost momentum can close the book on the summer search and approach the fall with renewed vigor, and those who are in-role but getting restless should know now is a good time to explore your options. In fact, 42% of recruiters expect the voluntary quit rate to increase – this means more opportunities for you!

How ready are you?

Those four words make up a big question. Now is an excellent time to check your job search plan. Networking strategy, personal marketing materials – more than just a résumé these days, targeted companies, online presence, referrals, recruiters, interviewing skills… there’s so much that goes into an executive search.

I thought this would be the perfect time to remind you of the Master Class we led 2017 off with: Must-Haves to Win Today’s Job Search Competition. This hugely popular session of ExecuNet Master Class was led by Don Weintraub, leader of ExecuNet’s Career Strategists group. Here’s a quick summary of the class, but you really will benefit from spending an hour listening to Don explain the Best Way for a Successful Job Search.

More than three-quarters (78%) of recruiters say hiring companies are taking longer to make decisions, so while there are opportunities out there, you are going to invest a great deal of time and energy into locating and securing the one that’s right for you. You want to make sure you’ve educated yourself of what’s working in today’s market. Don can really help you with that.



Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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